It seems like every pretentious hipster thinks they know a good movie from a bad one, but even the highest paid critics get it wrong sometimes. Here are some of the top movies that were panned by critics but adored by moviegoers everywhere:
Happy Gilmore (1996):
I’ve never been a fan of golf, but this movie made me rethink my hatred for the sport. The flick was made at the height of Sandler’s career (think Billy Madison, Bulletproof, The Wedding Singer) and features the most epic fight scene of all time that results in Sandler’s character, Happy, getting his ass kicked by Bob Barker. If that’s not enough to make you want to rent it, I don’t know what is.
This movie received mediocre reviews from critics, but was loved by fans. The reason? Dads loved it because they could picture themselves as Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) and moms loved it because Neeson is on his A game and looking hot. Everyone else was captivated by the excessive action and the various killing methods Mills employs.
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009):
Money doesn’t lie. With over $400 million in U.S. box office sales, it’s hard to deny the popularity of this movie, but critics couldn’t help themselves and movie buffs like Roger Ebert didn’t hold back: “A horrible experience of unbearable length, briefly punctuated by three or four amusing moments. One of these involves a dog-like robot humping the leg of the heroine.” Robots humping humans? “Yes, I’ll have one for the dog humping movie, please.”
Home Alone (1990):
A blast from the past that can be enjoyed by all. This was one of those movies that, as a kid, made you feel like you could take on the world. The gags never get old and the one-liners are memorable enough to be said without reference: “Ma’am, I’m eight-years-old. You think I would be here alone? I don’t think so.” It’s as popular today with fans as it was when it was released over 20 years ago.
The premise is a bit unbelievable—welder by day and sexy dancer by night. Girls love it because they want to be Alex Owens and guys love it because they want to get with her. It was the third highest grossing film of ’83 and a classic to this day.